2022 Vouvray, Le Peu Morier, Domaine Vincent Carême, Loire

2022 Vouvray, Le Peu Morier, Domaine Vincent Carême, Loire

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2022 Vouvray, Le Peu Morier, Domaine Vincent Carême, Loire

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Le Peu Morier 2022 is organic and from 70-year-old vines. It shows lovely yellow fruit, honeysuckle, dry grass, and ground almonds on the nose. It could only be barrel-fermented Chenin! The palate has juicy acidity, creamy texture, and rather more mineral intensity than the nose implies. It beautifully balances the fruity and savoury elements, which reflects the nature of the vineyard, a blend of clay and flint. This is gorgeous already but will age well, too. A Chardonnay this good would be triple the price.

If you are looking for a dry Loire Chenin, that’s perfect for drinking now. This is it. Vincent Carême is an absolute wizard with this variety, and his Le Peu Morier vineyard produces some of the region’s best whites. I love the rich quince fruit and hints of wild honey. You will feel the ripeness of the vintage in the creamy texture, but there’s still so much appetising acidity and a smoky minerality that indeed comes from the flint in this vineyard. This is so delicious now and will comfortably last for another five years. 

Drink 2023 - 2033

Edward Richardson, Private Client Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (November 2023)

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Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous94/100

The 2022 Le Peu Morier is a fully dry, barrel-fermented Chenin. Initially fruity on the nose with pear and florals. Oak spice and pastry notes join the flavour party on the palate. It is powerful and compact with a firm line, making for an uncompromising style. Sweet plum notes and a hint of residual sugar suggest it would be delightful with Chinese pork.

Domaine Vincent Carême is one of the appellation’s leading lights. Starting in 1999, Vincent Carême was a member of the younger generation implementing what was viewed as artisanal ideas in the early 2000s, including organics and low sulfur regimes. Carême is now part of the Vouvray furniture, and these seemingly new ideas are now integral to the appellation’s ascendancy. 

Both a traditional method and a very successful pét-nat are in the domain range. When it comes to still wines, Carême’s taste preference is for dry styles, and that’s what you’ll mostly find in his chalky cellars. The winery cat recently died, but a dog, Tarzan, has now installed chez Carême.

Drink 2024 - 2035

Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com (October 2023)

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Vincent Carême

Vincent Carême

Vincent Carême is a leading light of the Vouvray appellation who set up his domaine from scratch in 1999. His is not a family business – his parents are cereal farmers – but his rise to prominence has been nothing short of meteoric. A pioneer of organic viticulture in the Loire, he teaches at the Lycée Viticole in Amboise and acts as a mentor to many younger growers in the region.

The estate makes the full range of wines: sparkling, sec, demi-sec, and moelleux, and the 24 hectares of vines used to produce his domaine wines are organically certified. Initially, as a means of raising capital but now a way of satisfying burgeoning demand for his wines, he also set up a ‘négociant’ business buying grapes and juice to make wines under the Vincent & Tania Carême label. Not satisfied with making some of the finest wines in the Loire, Vincent also makes a range of wines in the Swartland in South Africa.

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Vouvray

Vouvray

Based just outside Tours, in the Touraine district of the Loire, the small, 2,000-hectare semi-continental Vouvray appellation covers a range of dry, through off-dry, sweet to sparkling styles. Its Chenin Blanc vineyards, perched above chalky tuffeau cliffs give the wines vibrant acidity and a stony, floral and at times waxy character.

Ideally, under perfect skies, the producers aim for moelleux sweet wines, hand-harvested by trie, often imbued with noble rot and rich with residual sugar.

A less successful season would deliver more demi-sec, sec and, if really tough, sparkling mousseaux. Vinification is principally in large, inert vessels such as stainless-steel, old oak foudres and demi-muids. Malolactic fermentation is avoided.

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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley and the most widely planted varietal grape in South Africa.

In the Loire it produces high quality dry wines in Savenniéres, and luscious sweet, dessert wines in Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume. In Vouvray and Montlouis it can be dry, medium dry, or sweet, and still or sparkling. Whether dry or sweet, the best Loire Chenin Blancs possess marvellously concentrated rich, honeyed fruit together with refreshingly vibrant acidity. It is Chenin Blanc's high acidity that enable the wines to age so well.

In South Africa Chenin Blanc is easier to grow and is prized for its versatility. It is used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat but also bottled unblended. The best producers keep their yields low and produce impressive mouthfilling wines.

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